The pandemic has not dampened the ambitions of local students but the costs of higher education in Canada continue to rise. With the help of generous donors supporting the scholarship, ICA remains committed to supporting students who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion in their studies and their lives. This year, we are once again proud to share the three 2021 Diversity Scholarship winners with you:
High School Student – Alrayan Adlan
Alrayan Adlan came to Canada six years ago. She knew no one and didn’t speak English. Now, she volunteers for children’s programs, works after school to help support her family and is preparing to go to school to become a dental hygienist. As Alrayan says, “I love helping people and supporting them when they need is.” We expect Alrayan to continue to learn and be a valuable member of the community.
Undergraduate Student – Tuqa Al-Masawi
Tuqa was born in Iraq but lived in Libya and Lebanon before coming to Canada. Even under difficult circumstances, Tuqa volunteered to help Iraqi families including being a caregiver for children helping them know how to protect themselves in dangerous situations. In 2017, Tuqa arrived in Victoria through the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) and was able to begin her university education. In time, Tuqa will explore a long-awaited career in the medical field. “The Diversity Scholarship will go a long way towards supporting my goals of promoting cultural awareness and diversity in my local community, both in and outside of the university,” concludes Tuqa.